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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%

TCU Admissions

Texas Christian University is very difficult to get into. Texas Christian University admitted 56% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 16,197 applications received in 2023, 9,087 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Texas Christian University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who apply to Texas Christian University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Texas Christian University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Texas Christian University's admissions stats.

Texas Christian University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 47.2%
Mean SAT Score 1242
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Texas Christian University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Texas Christian University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II Yes February 1 March 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 April 1

Applying Early to Texas Christian University?

Texas Christian University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Texas Christian University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Texas Christian University is 70%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 56%.

Texas Christian University accepts roughly 64% of early action applicants and 56% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Texas Christian University admitted 614 of the 872 students who applied early decision. Last year, Texas Christian University admitted 6,733 of the 1,461 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Texas Christian University Admissions

Transferring to Texas Christian University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Texas Christian University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Texas Christian University

Wondering what factors are considered by Texas Christian University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Texas Christian University for more information on admission factors.

Texas Christian University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Texas Christian University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Texas Christian University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Texas Christian University?

Texas Christian University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36.5% submitted a class rank. At Texas Christian University 47.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 77.4% were in the top 25% and 94.9% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Texas Christian University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Texas Christian University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Texas Christian University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of Texas Christian University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Texas Christian University?

To be competitive with other Texas Christian University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1220 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Texas Christian University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Texas Christian University student is 1242.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Texas Christian University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Texas Christian University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

To be most competitive at Texas Christian University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Texas Christian University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Texas Christian University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Texas Christian University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Texas Christian University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Texas Christian University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Texas Christian University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Texas Christian University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Texas Christian University.

Does Texas Christian University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Texas Christian University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Texas Christian University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Texas Christian University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Texas Christian University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Texas Christian University?

❌ No, Texas Christian University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Texas Christian University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Texas Christian University is 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Texas Christian University?

βœ… Texas Christian University's early decision acceptance rate was 70% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Texas Christian University?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Texas Christian University was 64% in 2021.

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TCU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into TCU? TCU is a very selective institution. The TCU acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.


TCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to TCU is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to TCU is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

TCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1370


Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1370 and Above


1220 to 1370


1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for TCU students is 1242. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to TCU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 have a low chance of being offered a spot at TCU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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